In Memoriam

On this page, we celebrate the lives of members who have recently died.

Jacky Pollard

1940 - 1921

The French Conversation group were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Jacky Pollard on 10th February 2021.

She had been a regular member of the group for six years, continuing to attend as mobility necessitated using a frame. She even adapted to using Zoom during lockdown although, like the rest of us, missed the buzz of Waterstones cafe and the chance to browse their books after meetings.

She brought enthusiasm and a special interest in education as well as a love for France and its language and we miss her.

Provided by Jackie Farrow of the French Conversation Group

Stella Lightman

24th October 1928 - 1st March 2021

Our musical community - with equal emphasis on both words - has suffered a devastating loss with the death of Stella Lightman: she initiated the Cardiff U3A Recorder Group in 1999, which has met, played and performed regularly since then, and in the years before that she and her late husband, Ivor, hosted weekly musical evenings at their Lisvane home. Despite her diminutive frame she played the bass recorder until her late 80s because nobody else in the group could, only moving to the alto recorder when the bass became too heavy for her to play comfortably, and then only when new members joined to whom she could safely pass on the bass part.

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Pamela Jean Earls (née Gunning)

22nd September 1944 — 25 October 2020

Pam was a well-liked and respected member of Bus Pass Thursday and the Sunday Lunch Groups and will be remembered meeting and greeting at Meet the Groups etc.

Pam was born and bred in Cardiff along with her brother and sister. She married Andy and they had two sons Andrew and Carl along with five grandchildren. Pam lost her husband Andy and her sons and their families now reside in Australia. Pam’s final visit to Australia was in 2019 for the wedding of her granddaughter, little did they realise this would be her last visit.

Pam died very suddenly at UHW after a short illness leaving a devastated family who because of Covid could not even return to the UK for her funeral.

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